Robin Thicke’s single “Blurred Lines” is one of the summer’s hottest hits, but a lot of controversy has surrounded the track and the music video that accompanied it.
Critics have claimed that the lyrics objectify women. It even goes as far as being interpreted as promoting rape culture with lyrics like, “I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it…But you’re a good girl.” The video also adds to the controversy with 4 minutes of scantily clad, topless women dancing around the three men dressed in suits.
However, the soulful singer says that he didn’t intend for people to read into the song that way.
Thicke appeared on the Today show on July 30 to promote his album and clear up any controversy. “When we made the song, we had nothing but the most respect for women and - my wife, I’ve been with the same woman since I was a teenager,” he said.
In previous interviews, he has noted that the other artists featured on the track, Pharrell and T.I., are both in committed relationships as well.
As for the intentions he had with the song, he explains that they, “were just trying to make a funny song and sometimes the lyrics get misconstrued when you’re just trying to put people on the dance floor and have a good time.” And that’s what the song has done for months.
It’s really a feminist movement, according to Thicke. “If you listen to the lyrics it says ‘That man is not your maker’ - it’s actually a feminist movement within itself. It’s saying that women and men are equals.”
While the meaning and lyrics of the song are still questionable, there’s no doubt that everybody’s dancing and having a good time when they hear it.
Robin Thicke’s sixth studio album, Blurred Lines, just hit stores in the US this week and features the title track as well as his latest single ”Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar.